IWFF exists to champion wildlife filmmakers and inspire a new generation to challenge conventional expectations about how we conserve wildlife and habitat. Every spring, this annual event draws industry, filmmakers, scientists, conservationists, and audiences to the heart of the Rockies for this long-standing Missoula tradition. Through diverse programming and community events IWFF celebrates ethical wildlife and environmental filmmaking as well as emerging filmmakers.
“We want this to be the children’s film festival, we want to be the first-putter’s film festival, we want to be the down-home film festival, we want to be the scientifically accurate film festival.”
– Chuck Jonkel, IWFF Founder
IWFF LABS seeks to further the mission of IWFF by giving both scientists and filmmakers intensive training and resources to contribute to this important dialogue. LABS bridges the gap between scientists, filmmakers, and the public by providing the skills necessary for dynamic and accurate science communication in a 7-day tuition-free filmmaking incubator run alongside the film festival offering real-world filmmaking experience, an expanded professional network and an ideal jumping-off point toward becoming a wildlife filmmaker.
Films screen to packed theaters full of sharp audiences that want to learn more about themselves and the world we live in. IWFF is centered around stories that promote awareness, knowledge, and an understanding of science, wildlife, and the humans that impact our world every day and reach audiences in every way imaginable.
The Roxy Theater
Recently Renovated, the fun and funky Roxy Theater is Missoula's Community Cinema
A non-profit arthouse venue, the Roxy hosts regular weekly screenings of award-winning new and classic films from around the world, and celebrated live events. Wednesday & Thursday nights are devoted to special one-off screenings, community programs, and oddball events. In addition, The Roxy hosts exclusive cultural programming, including The Met: Live in HD and National Theater Live, presented by Morris Productions.
In addition to an ever-changing line up of exciting programs, The Roxy is also the host venue for many annual events, including our own much celebrated International Wildlife Film Festival, the oldest and longest running wildlife media event in the world.
Founded in 1977 at the University of Montana IWFF is the first and longest running event of its kind. In 2002, the festival purchased the historic Roxy Theater as its home. In 2013 The Roxy launched its year-round screening series and began extensive collaboration with the university, businesses and community, serving a diverse, all-ages population with broad programming. A unique historic venue with incredible resources, The Roxy houses three cinema screens with HD projection, 35 mm projection, state-of-the-art sound systems, two stages and amenities ideal for conferences, film festivals and educational events. IWFF embraces its home inside The Roxy Theater and as the heart of the Missoula community.
The Roxy has three screens all with HD Projection and 7.1 Dolby® Surround Sound. The Largest room has 102 seats, the second screen has 90 seats and a 25x10' stage; the third stage, The Empress, named after Bessie Smith, “The Empress of the Blues”, who died the same day The Roxy opened, September 26, 1937, seats 66 and is also equipped with a 25x10' stage.
Please contact us for more information or if you have questions about our year-round programs, facilities, annual festivals or would like to get involved!
International Wildlife Film Festival
718 S. Higgins Ave.
Missoula, Montana 59801
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